Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Blessed
I am a blessed man. I’ve had the good fortune to have lived in a family whose parents were married over fifty-five years. Mom and Dad were committed to each other. They enjoyed each other’s company. Their commitment had a great effect on my life. I have the pleasure of being married to the same wonderful woman for thirty-five years.
A life shared is a wonderful blessing. It’s nice to have someone on your side. (I didn’t say your mate would always agree with you), but having someone to share you triumphs and your failures is a blessing.
Spring is typically a time for weddings, so in recognition of this wonderful union I have some thoughts on anniversary gifts.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Love and Devotion
An anniversary, more than any other occasion, is a celebration of love and devotion. It represents a molding of two individuals into one cohesive unit: a couple. An anniversary is a commitment by two individuals who pledge themselves one to another for a lifetime. A purchased possession can never express the commitment that exists in such a union. A purchased possession may be included in an anniversary gift, but an anniversary gift should include one crucial ingredient…your time.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Time
Your time is something no other person on earth can give. It is the most precious gift of all gifts. Your time can never be replaced, and time spent wisely is the well-spring of memories. Memories that can last a lifetime.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Centered Around Mate’s Interests
The gift of time centered around your own interests is selfish, but the gift of time centered around your mate’s interests is meaningful. It demonstrates thoughtfulness and caring only you can provide.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Plays, Movies, Dining Out
Does your mate enjoy movies, plays, or dining out? You might provide a memorable experience by arranging an evening at a dinner theater. Dinner theaters are within most budgets, and they are a marvelous way to share time with your mate. A delicious meal and an entertaining play can provide a splendid backdrop for a romantic evening. An internet search for “dinner theaters + your city” will provide a wealth of information on local establishments. Many have online ratings and reviews that are helpful.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Mysteries
Does your spouse like to read, watch, or solve murder mysteries? A murder mystery weekend retreat might provide your life-partner an exhilarating and memorable occasion. Share your insight into the world of crime investigation. Immerse yourselves in the motive, weaponry, and discovery of the despicable assassin. Examine and reexamine evidence presented. Give your mystery fan a treat she or he will remember for years. An internet search of “murder mystery weekend” should provide a list of acceptable locations. Online ratings and reviews can be viewed for many establishments.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Beautiful Scenery
Does your life-partner like beautiful scenery? Maybe a train ride is the right ticket for a memorable time. From a short trip in an open-air car in Kansas to a journey coast to coast, trains offer beautiful scenery and the romance of a long lost era. Make stops and overnight accommodations in various cities, or choose a nonstop ride with train-berth sleeping quarters. For those with the time and money, a coastal train ride to Alaska, a trip through the Alps, or a ride on the Orient Express can fulfill a dream for your mate. The choice is yours, but remember the journey is to focus on your mate’s interests and not your own interests.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Home-body
Maybe your love is a home-body and enjoys watching movies. Prepare your mate’s favorite snacks, and rent movies your mate likes. Dote on her/him. Make the evening about her/his pleasure. Reinforce your love.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Harsh Times
Maybe you’re experiencing harsh times, you’re on a strict budget, or money must be reserved for more necessary family expenditures. Write a poem or remembrance of memorable times together. Remember what drew you to one another; share that memory. Remind your spouse that love and commitment transcend hard times. Your mate is your desire; nothing has changed.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Special Anniversary
For those celebrating a significant anniversary, a renewal of vows is an excellent gift. Celebrate the occasion with family and friends. Remind your spouse that your love and commitment is as strong as your first vows. A public reaffirmation of your love will strengthen your bond to one another.
Love Matters – Memories are the Best Anniversary Gifts: Conclusion
Of course, flowers, a card that expresses your true feelings, and/or a personal well-thought present will certainly add to the occasion, but a present without the gift of your time lacks substance. If you’re prevented from being together, set a firm date to celebrate. An anniversary is a yearly opportunity to renew and refresh your union…to inflame your passion one to another.
Finally, there are plenty of ways to celebrate an anniversary, but the gift of your time is the only gift worthy of love and commitment expressed by the union of two individuals into one, and the gift of your time is a source of memories for a life time.
Copyright 2011 J-me